Zero Waste Make-up & Clothes

Let’s face it most of us want to look cute. I just want to be consciously cute. In the last several years I have transformed my thoughts and ideals around make-up and clothing, while still holding on to who I am as an individual.


Over the past few years I have started wearing make-up less and less for several reasons:

1. If you wear the right colors that complement your skin color/tone, eyes, and hair you don’t need to wear much or any at all. I had a color analysis done a while back. This helped me only purchase colors that look best on me. It was a great decision, and now when I do buy clothes, I only buy the colors that I look best in.
2. Most people don’t know when I am not wearing make-up
3. Time is saved getting ready in the morning and time saved not buying make-up
4. Money, make-up is expensive, nuff said
5. Waste, make-up packaging can be super wasteful. Plastic wrap, boxes, containers that may or may not be recyclable.

Some days this is all I need to put on my face

I do have a couple of staples that I still use regularly; lipstick, lip balm, eyeshadow & mascara.

– For lipstick, I use Mac brand as the containers are recyclable at their store.
– For lip balm, I make my own out of beeswax and avocado oil infused with lavender.
– For eyeshadow, I am using Urban Decay Naked Palette. It’s not the most zero waste option, but I can mix and match colors. I also use eye shadow as eyeliner by applying using a q-tip which I compost when I am finished. Mac is a great option if you are looking for something with recyclable eyeshadow containers that you can return to the store once finished.
– I was recently looking for a good zero waste option for mascara as I am not really interested in making my own and I found this on Etsy which I am excited to try.

In addition to all this, I make my own toothpaste, salt scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs and dry shampoo. I plan on writing a future post with all my recipes. In the meantime, you can check out my toothpaste recipe here.

Ultimately make-up is a personal decision, do what feels most comfortable to you. There a lot of good low waste or zero waste options out there. You just need to do a little searching.


Back in March, I made the commitment to not buy any new clothes for a year. The rules were simple:

1. Use up and repair what you have
2. Secondhand or homemade was totally okay
3. If you receive new clothes as a gift, it’s okay, but let the person know for the future reference
4. New shoes were a no-no unless you acquired via #2
5. It’s amazing what a little fabric dye can do to help you revitalize your wardrobe
5. Underwear was okay to purchase new. No one wants to wear worn out drawers

Color analysis; These are the colors that work best with my eye color, hair color, skin color and red tone in my skin.

So far I am happy to report that I have only bought new underwear and a couple of bras. I challenged myself with mending several pairs of pants, a dress, and even put a new clasp on a bra. I bought a pair of shoes barely used secondhand. And even dyed a couple of items I would have normally donated.

About six months ago I took the challenge even further by rotating all the hangers in my closet in the opposite direction. As items are worm and returned to the closet the hanger is flipped back to normal. With the goal being to use what you have and get rid of anything that you don’t use by the end of the experiment. I’ve done a pretty good job over the years building a wardrobe the looks good on me, functions and I enjoy. I am happy to report to date there is only one hanger that remains unmoved, and I have plans to wear it at an upcoming event.

I am proud of my accomplishments, using make-up less frequently, and maximizing the clothes I already have. The biggest eye openers have been:

– I still get a ton of compliments on my clothes
– I don’t feel the need to please anyone but myself
– I am saving a ton of money and time
– I no longer have to try on five outfits before I can leave the house